My boyfriend (Bradley for those of you new to the blog) is the hardest person to buy for in the world. His birthday is also the same month as Christmas which makes it twice as hard, as I have to think of double presents in a short space of time. I thought a night away together with a bit of pampering would be a great present (and one I could also enjoy hehe).
I had been recommended spabreaks.com by a friend to book a package deal. After a lot of research on their website (“a lot” because I’m indecisive FYI, it was actually really easy to navigate and use), I chose a “Sensational Sunday” deal at Hilton Syon Park. This included a one night stay, a 25 minute spa treatment, (massage/manicure/facial) full use of the spa facilities, a three course meal at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse as well as breakfast.
I purchased it as a voucher and then rang up to make my booking a couple of months later, and received excellent customer from the people at Spa Breaks. I had a short wait while they contacted the hotel and spa to check the availability on my requested date, and they offered to ring me back shortly so I didn’t have to stay on hold which is usually a PET HATE of mine. They rang me back very quickly and gave detailed information and answered any questions I had.
It was SUPER easy to get to the hotel. Only a short train journey from Clapham Junction or Waterloo. From the station to the hotel, you can either walk or get an Uber for around £5.
The Hilton is located in Syon Park, with beautiful grounds surrounding the hotel as well as Syon House, making for a stunning backdrop. Considering you are only 25 minutes away from central London, the setting allows you to feel as though you are having a break from busy city life.
Our room was spacious, with a lovely bathroom (including a shower with a TV in it, which we were very excited about… little things please little minds ey?!) and a little outside terrace area with a table and chairs, which would have been lovely to enjoy in the summer. However British spring served up snow during our visit, so we opted for the warmth of our room instead.
The Kallima spa is located on the lower ground floor, and after filling out forms regarding our massages, we were given a tour of the spa and the facilities (pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room) and received robes and slippers. Before and after our treatments, we were able to relax in “The Snug” which was decked out with multiple chaise longues, low light and privacy screens for those who wanted a little post-massage nap.
The spa facilities were all good and the twinkling lights in the ceiling were perfectly cosy and calming on a snowy Sunday evening. We did have to fight for the loungers, but having a slightly later dinner slot meant at one point we had the spa pretty much to ourselves so we could get comfy after having a dip in the jacuzzi.
The changing rooms were very small, and couldn’t fit more than a couple of people in there at once, but with my room only upstairs, it didn’t hugely bother me as I knew I could enjoy a leisurely wash in my own spacious shower and get ready in the comfort of my own room.
Later that evening, we headed off for our meal in the Marco Pierre White restaurant, and after a bit of a wait to be served, we enjoyed a delicious three course meal. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of options that were on a set menu, which I felt catered for all different tastebuds.
I opted for the camembert with sourdough bread and tomatoes with balsamic drizzled over them. As a camembert lover I was not disappointed and was offered extra bread free of charge to ensure I got all the warm, cheesy goodness. It tasted like Christmas all over again and I didn’t mind that one bit! Bradley chose the goats cheese, beetroot and walnut salad.
For our main course, Bradley went for a burger and he was able to swap the skinny fries for triple cooked chips which were a good choice, from what I could tell from the one I stole off of his plate (because that’s what girlfriends are for).
I opted for a a steak and ale pie with peas. This was the perfect comfort food after a relaxing day, with tender meat topped with a Yorkshire pudding-like pastry and a generous portion of buttery garden peas which are my fav veg, so that made for a very happy Marcella indeed.
We were pretty stuffed after the first two courses, but we both chose the dark mousse for desert which ended the meal perfectly.
After a good night sleep, we enjoyed the great breakfast Hilton Syon Park had to offer. After being greeted by a very friendly member of staff, we were brought hot drinks and a bottle of water before we made our way through the buffet as well as taking advantage of the extra food we could order. I went for waffles and Bradley chose pancakes and both were served with berries and syrup. From looking around at the food the other guests had ordered, the chefs seemed happy to be as accommodating.
Overall, we throughly enjoyed our experience. From the ease in which I could chose my package via spabreaks.com, to hotel and spa itself. I had a small issue regarding being incorrectly charged after leaving the hotel, but that aside, I would definitely recommend staying there. A perfect little escape with either a partner or some friends, without having to travel too far from central London. If you are located somewhere else in the country, look through Spa Breaks easy to use website where you can find various nights away or day trips in different locations.
Now I’m dreaming of my next getaway..